Jasper Jones Background

Jasper Jones Background

Craig Silvey is a musician and novelist born on January 1, 1982 in Dwellingup, Australia. In 2004, he published his first novel entitled Rhubarb at only nineteen-years-old. Silvey’s debut book put him in the literary spotlight as he won the 2005 Sydney Herald Young Author of the Year Award. Three years later, he wrote a children’s book, The World According to Warren, with illustrations by Sonia Martinez. He did not author another full-length book until the release of Jasper Jones in 2009.

Jasper Jones tells the story of Charlie Bucktin, a thirteen-year-old boy living in western Australia during the Vietnam War. He befriends the town outcast, Jasper, but soons finds himself in a dire situation that tests his morality. Charlie helps Jasper to cover up the murder of their fellow classmate, Laura, while local residents search tirelessly to find her.

Silvey’s novel received great praise and acclaim for his coming-of-age story that tugs at the heartstrings. Michael Williams of The Monthly states that “amid the glimpses of small-town bigotry and adult compromise, Jasper Jones offers tender moments of adolescent romance and irresistible vignettes of friendship and quiet triumph.” Silvey won the 2009 Indie Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the 2010 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

In 2017, Jasper Jones was adapted into a film of the same name directed by Rachel Perkins and starring Levi Miller. It ultimately won an Australian Writers’ Guild Award for outstanding screenplay for a feature film adaptation.

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